Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy released the following statement on U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance's acceptance of BP's guilty plea to 11 counts of felony manslaughter, 1 for felony obstruction of Congress and for environmental crimes from the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010:
"This guilty plea is one more step forward for the families who lost loved ones in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Losing a father, son or husband cannot be replaced but making it less likely that other families will experience such tragedies is a noble hope. This decision makes this hope more likely.
"The $4 billion in fines will help finance a $2.4 billion payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Federation, which will use half of the money for Louisiana coastal restoration projects. This is the next step in our hope to reverse environmental damage caused to our fragile coast.
"As a tribute to those who died and those whose livelihoods were harmed, let us all make sure that these steps are just the first of many more."